LATE CITY, 24 PAGES, AHMEDABAD, `5.00 ● SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 ● WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM ● TheIndian EXPRESS DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA ‘BAN ON MENSTRUATING WOMEN NOT AN ESSENTIAL RELIGIOUS PRACTICE’ SC removes gender barrier, throws open Sabarimala to women of all ages Justice Malhotra dissents: Can’t invoke rationality in religion ‘Devotion to divinity can’t be subjected to rigidity and stereotypes of gender’ ANANTHAKRISHNAN G NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28 THROWING OPEN the doors of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala to women of all ages, the Supreme Court, in a 4-1 verdict Friday, ended the entry ban on women of menstruating age, saying the centuries-old custom at the shrine was not an essential religious practice and “the attribute of devotion to divinity cannot be subjected to the rigidity and WORLD HEART DAY A RED initiative appears in today s edition of The Indian Express. These pages are an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. These pages should be read as an advertisement 12 THE EDITORIAL PAGE Supreme Court’s lost chance By S Y QURAISHI GANDHI @150 WHATWOULDTHEMAHATMA SAYTODAY? iDEAS SERIES Reaching for the Mahatma He evokes awe with his commitment to truth, his ability to listen to others THE IDEAS PAGE 13 INSIDE P 3 ● SUSHMA LEAVES stereotypes of gender”. Four of the five judges on the Constitution Bench — Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud — ruled against the restriction on women while Justice Indu Malhotra gave a dissenting opinion, saying “the SHALINI NAIR NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28 CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 FULL COVERAGE PAGE 11 Queue outside Sabarimala temple. Reuters file NOT GOING with the majority verdict in the Sabarimala case, Justice Indu Malhotra, in a dissenting opinion, said “what constitutes an essential religious practice is for the religious community to decide” and not a matter that should be decided by the courts. She said “notions of rationality cannot be invoked in matters of religion by courts”. Justice Indu Malhotra In her order, Justice Malhotra said that in matters ofpractices of faith, the courts should intervene only if they are “pernicious, oppressive, or a social evil, like Sati”. Beginning with a cautionary note on how issues raised in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 On surgical strike day, BSF says jawan’s death avenged MAHENDER SINGH MANRAL NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28 ON THE day India marked two years of the surgical strike against terror launch pads in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir, outgoing Border Security Force Director General K K Sharma, referring to the September 18 killing of BSF head constable Narender Singh by a Pakistan border action team, said “we have taken sufficient action along the LoC to avenge the death of our soldier”. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi Friday, the BSF chief did not go into details of the “sufficient action”. And in Muzaffarnagar, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too said: “Something has happened, I won’t say what... just two-three days ago.” In a video uploaded by NDTV on its website, Rajnath Singh can be heard saying: “Kuchh hua hai. Main bataunga nahin. Batlaya bhi nahin. Hua hai, aur theek-thaak hua hai. Vishwas rakhna, theekthaak hua hai 2-3 din pehle... aur aage bhi dekhiyega kya hoga (Something has happened, I won’t say what. Didn’t declare it. It has happened, it has gone well. Have faith, it has gone well, just two-three days ago... see what happens ahead).” Providing details on the killing of the BSF head constable by a Pakistan border action team (BAT), Sharma said Narender Singh was shot three times on the chest and dragged to the NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28 AMONG THE six cases that the CBI has opened against its own Special Director Rakesh Asthana is an FIR against Kolkata businessman Dipesh Chandak who had turned approver in the Bihar fodder scam probe. Chandak, it is learnt, was picked up by a CBI team on alleged corruption charges but gave them the slip. MAHARASHTRA CHIEF Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said the Supreme Court’s decision to not interfere with the arrest ofthe five activists in the Elgaar Parishad case “vindicated our stand against urban maoists”, while BJP presi- Prime Minister Narendra Modi at ‘Parakram Parv’, to mark the surgical strikes, in Jodhpur on Friday. PTI REPORTS, P 8 Director Alok Verma. On September 21, the CBI said it had informed the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) that it was investigating Asthana in six cases of corruption. Sources said the six cases include two FIRs related to the Sterling Biotech case, two FIRs related to the arrest of journalist Upendra Rai, an FIR regarding the recent searches made by the agency on a caterer at the Palika Services Officers’ Institute (PSOI) in KAVITHA IYER WARDHA, SEPTEMBER 28 Sandhya Nikhare, 42 Job: Chowkidar-cum-sweeper at Navodaya School, Wardha Salary: `25,000 Work Hours: 11 hours (6 am to 5 pm) Off day: Sunday, and half of Saturday Cleans: School corridors, offices, 2 toilet blocks, girls’ dormitory building MAHATMA SWACHH BHARAT PART IV The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked. REJECTING PLEAS to release activists Varavara Rao, Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves, Sudha Bharadwaj and Gautam Navlakha, arrested by Maharashtra police as part of a probe into a Pune meeting on the eve of the January 1 violence at Bhima Koregaon, the Supreme Court, in a 2-1 verdict Friday, declined to interfere in the proceedings, saying “dissenting views expressed or difference in political ideology” had nothing to do with the case. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justice A M Khanwilkar, who delivered the majority decision and said the “investigating officer is free to proceed” against the accused, rejected the plea to order a probe by a Special Investigation Team. But Justice D Y Chandrachud, who gave a dissenting opinion, was all for a SIT probe. In his Justice Chandrachud: Can’t muzzle voices in opposition KAUNAIN SHERIFF M NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28 OBSERVING THAT “voices in opposition cannot be muzzled by persecuting those who take up unpopular causes”, Justice D Y Chandrachud, in a dissenting opinion Friday on petitions seeking the release of five activists arrested in the Bhima Koregaon violence case, said “there are serious doubts” about the Pune police probe. “Conscious as the Court is of the public interest in the effective administration of criminal justice, it cannot be oblivious to the overriding Constitutional concern to secure the dignity of the individual. The key to the balance between the two lies in a fair, independent and impartial investigation of crime. As a matter of principle, I am unable to MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 28 Chanakyapuri in New Delhi, and the Chandak case. The CBI came out with the statement on the six cases in response to a complaint by Asthana to the Centre that Director Verma and Additional Director A K Sharma were “interfering” in cases probed by him and his team and had even tried to stop a search linked to former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad in connection with the IRCTC CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 ‘WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY IS THAT MY STRUGGLES WERE NOT MEANINGLESS’ AS A young girl, Sandhya Nikhare wanted to be a teacher. Then in 2003, her reality framed by her four-year-old son, a lengthening separation from her husband and a subject, English, to clear for her Bachelor of Arts degree, Sandhya Nikhare wrote a number of entrance exams for government jobs. She was selected for the post of a Lower Divisional Clerk in Manipur, about 2,500 km from her hometown Bhandara in Maharashtra, where her parents were handloom weavers. With her family horrified by the distance, she let that opportunity slip away. In the 150th year of Mahatma NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 28 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE ● PAGE ONE ANCHOR WARDHA: WHERE MAHATMA GANDHI SET UP HIS SEVAGRAM ASHRAM ANANTHAKRISHNAN G BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY agree with the views expressed by the learned Chief Justice and CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 MORE REPORTS PAGES 10 SC verdict vindicates our stand against urban Maoists: Fadnavis CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 His current whereabouts are not known. Sources said two CBI men picked up Chandak from his house in Kolkata after an FIR was registered against him in August. Chandak, sources said, told the CBI men he knew he would be arrested because the agency was targeting Asthana who had investigated the fodder scam. Chandak is still to be traced but his ‘detention’ in Kolkata has come under the scrutiny of CBI Arrest of activists not over dissent, says SC in 2-1 ruling, declines to interfere in case CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 In CBI probe against its No.2, botched arrest bid, a businessman on the run DEEPTIMAN TIWARY JOURNALISM OF COURAGE Nirmal Harindran Gandhi’s birth, employed as a chowkidar-cum-sweeper at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Wardha, the town in central India where Gandhi unveiled his ‘new scheme of basic education’ at an all-India education conference in October 1937, she rues the BA she never completed. She is now among the thousands of workers at the frontlines of Swachh Bharat, the flagship cleanliness scheme launched on Gandhi Jayanti four years ago. “Had I taken up that job in 2003 and completed my BA, I would have been much better off,” says Sandhya, 42. Eventually, it was only in 2013, 18 months after the death of her long estranged husband, who was a mess helper at the Navodaya school, that she was granted Group D employment on compassionate grounds. Run by a Central government undertaking, Navodaya schools CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TOMORROW VAIKOM Devendra Fadnavis dent Amit Shah demanded an apology from the Opposition. “Today’s Supreme Court verdict has vindicated our stand against the urban maoists. In fact, this was absolutely a conspiracy against the nation. And the supreme court has pointed out that it is not a political move or political conspiracy,” Fadnavis told reporters after the verdict. The Supreme Court had put the five human rights campaigners, suspected of links to Maoists, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Indian Express Limited is an Indian news media publishing company. It publishes several widely circulated dailies, including The Indian Express and The Financial Express in English, the Loksatta in Marathi and the Jansatta in Hindi.